According to the Centers for Disease Control, 46 people die every day as a result of a drug overdose involving prescription opioids. Sharon Kruk, Executive Director of The Coalition commented, “Angelina County is not immune to the opioid epidemic and The Coalition is committed to protecting our citizens from the harms of prescription drug misuse and abuse.”
There are two locations in Angelina County to safely and easily dispose of leftover prescription medications.
In 2017, The Coalition, Inc. partnered with the Angelina County Sheriff’s Office and Saad Nazeer, a 2017-2018 Drug Free All-Star, to provide a prescription drop box in Angelina County.
In 2019, with funds from the Texas Targeted Opioid Response grant, The Coalition, Inc. purchased a drop box and worked with the Diboll Police Department to permanently install the box in their lobby. The drop boxes can be used to dispose of any over-counter or prescription medications except liquids or aerosols.
With this resource project, The Coalition hopes to reduce the amount of prescription drugs in Angelina County. Since 1988, The Coalition has focused on eliminating the use of harmful substances by affecting public policy, laws, attitudes and behaviors, all in an effort to foster healthy life-long choices for the local community.